ROCK AND ROLL HIGH SCHOOL BLU RAY 101 REVIEW

Roger Corman famously said that he never made a film that didnt return a profit. When you see the list of films that he produced, including ROCK N ROLL HIGH SCHOOL, you can understand why. Corman got youth requirements and like a modern day pied piper, gave it to them in ever more increased doses of excess. 101 Films have decided to unleash this cult musical comedy on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK. So we can all get into the late 70s sense of rebellion, hair styles and kick ass music for ourselves.  We travel to Vince Lombardi High, the sort of place that is a peg below the usual school, with an obsession on sex and drugs and rock n roll. But this is all set to change as Evelyn Togar (Mary Woronov) wants to put her foot down on all this. She is the new principal and has an iron fist. Riff Randell (P.J. Soles) wants to stop all this before it seriously stiffles the party. With a serious case of the up yours to authority, it might happen. Thanks to the Ramones, yes the actual Ramones, she might just be able to do that! Lombardi High will never be the same! Sex and drugs and rock n roll might still be at the top of the agenda!

So 101 Films have set out the stall pretty quickly as this being an essential release. We get a lovely looking box set, booklet and a serious case of extras overload. The 4k scan has few issues outside of the grain problem, which is inherent of the film stock used. This argues the case for some reduced level of ‘over restoration’, where people just want everything 4k. It can be slightly detrimental to the whole. The commentary selection is excellent, with most angles covered. The best overall is director Allan Arkush, producer Mike Finnell and screenwriter Richard Whitley, in the sense of understanding the films creating and thought process (it also has some funny stories). The most enjoyable is tied between the dry wit of Executive producer Roger Corman and actress Dey Young and the guys looking back nostalgia of Allan Arkush and actors P.J. Soles and Clint Howard. The interviews are a mixed bag and I always find, having conducted interviews, that it is hard to distill quality with this sort of release restrictions.

Special Features:

  • Limited Edition Booklet: Includes ‘Mindless Authority and Rebellious Youth’ by Jon Towlson and ‘I Got No Cerebellum’ by Jimmy Martin
  • 4K Scan from the Original Camera Negative
  • Class Of ’79: 40 Years Of Rock ‘N’ Roll High School, featuring interviews with filmmakers and cast
  • Commentary with director Allan Arkush, producer Mike Finnell and screenwriter Richard Whitley
  • Commentary with Executive producer Roger Corman and actress Dey Young
  • Commentary with Allan Arkush and actors P.J. Soles and Clint Howard
  • Commentary with screenwriter Richard Whitley and Russ Dvonch
  • Back To School: A Retrospective, with interviews from Allan Arkush, Roger Corman and more
  • Staying After Class: An Interview With Actors P.J. Soles, Vincent Van Patten and Dey Young
  • Interview with Roger Corman conducted by Leonard Maltin
  • Interview with Allan Arkush including a look at rare, behind-the-scenes stills
  • Audio outtakes from the Roxy
  • Original Radio Ads and TV Spots
  • Theatrical Trailer

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